Greta Turns 2! {Birthday Barley Pancakes and more}

Last weekend my baby turned 2!  I can hardly believe how quickly time has flown – I know it will only continue to move faster.  
We started off the birthday weekend with some fishing.  We discovered that Greta really enjoys fishing – except when the big fish comes out of the water, then we only want to run off of the dock.  
Greta is lucky enough to share her birthday weekend with her Grandpa, holding her in this photo.  We celebrated with my father in law and extended family on Saturday.  
This meant a dinner of sushi from the fantastic Miyabi 9 in the East Village of Des Moines.  Des Moines has some fantastic places to dine – I feel like I am getting to know my hometown all over again – everything is so different in the eight, more like twelve years since I last lived in town. 
Sunday morning, Greta awoke to find this mobile hanging from the kitchen light at my parents’ house.  I hastily made it the night before so she would see her favorite things in the morning.  The dog, bee, fish, and car are all made from newspaper and stuffed to appear more 3D.  The G and 2 are made from colored construction paper.  
Just as I suspected, she loved this mobile and spend a few moments going over each and every item.

I mixed up the dry and wet portions of the pancakes the night before, so all I had to do in the morning was allow them to warm up slightly before combining them and cooking.  If you plan ahead, there is no need for tasteless pancake mixes.

I like to use 1/8 cup measuring cups to make my pancakes, this way they are more manageable for small hands.

Eric got to work on some more of those tart cherries.  It is quite the bumper crop year!

We added tart cherries for the adult pancakes and blueberries for Greta’s pancakes. 

Her party was a hit – we had it outside at my parents’ house.  Greta was all smiles the entire evening.

As always, she was spoiled rotten.  Her Great Grandma got her some pink pants and her Momo (what she calls my mom) helped her open them.

The ice cream cakes from Dairy Queen were exceptionally good – I personally loved the chocolate peanut butter pretzel one (good choice, Eric).  By the way, this is Greta’s cheese face when the camera comes out.

 There may or may not have been a large pile of brush.

It may or may not have burned.

All in all, it was a lovely June.  Until next June, save your Christmas trees. 

Birthday Barley Pancakes – 16 – 20 pancakes

1. In a bowl combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1/2 cup barley flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2. In a small bowl whisk together: 2 eggs, 2 cups buttermilk (or milk or milk alternative + 2 tablespoons lemon juice), and 4 tablespoons cooking oil.

3.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add egg mixture all at once.  Stir quickly, just until all ingredients are mixed.  Batter will be lumpy.

4.  Pour 1/8 – 1/4 batter onto pre-heated griddle.  Drop fresh blueberries or tart cherries into batter.  Cook 2-4 minutes per side, flipping when edges are slightly dried and center is bubbly.  Cook 2-4 more minutes on other side.  Serve warm with topping of your choice. 

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